“We're actively engaged in taking steps to improve our sales performance,” said the Lottery's President and CEO Arch Gleason. “We're making changes to our scratch-off program which we feel will bolster sales. We also continue to recruit new Keno retailers with the focus being on expanding sales of the game, and a new multi-state game set to be launched in October should significantly add to overall draw game sales.”    “For 16 out of the past 21 years, we've broken sales records. We've also broken dividend transfer records in 16 years out of the past 21,” Gleason said. “Our dividends to the state – while also record-breaking – weren't as high as we wanted. It was a tough year in several respects, but we continue to work toward sales and dividend improvement. That's what the Commonwealth expects from us, and that's what college students receiving our scholarship and grant funds expect from us.”
The implementation date for this new regulatory structure is now tentatively set for January 1, 2015.  The new gaming laws for the Netherlands lay out the details of a regulatory regime for operators, taxes, and state responsibilities.  All online gaming operators must be located in an EU-approved location.  The effective taxation rate has been set at 22 % on gross revenue.  The current 29 percent gross revenue tax for land-based casinos will remain the same. However, the Dutch government has since decided to sell all of the 14 casinos operated by Holland Casino.
New York officials expect about half of the 43 states that participate in Powerball and Mega Millions will be joining the game this fall (set to launch nationwide on Oct. 19) and other states will be added in 2015.
“Roadrunner Cash and Pick 3 are played only in New Mexico and we want to bring them from behind the shadow of the big national jackpot games like Powerball,” said Karla Wilkinson, New Mexico Lottery gaming products director. “With our state games, players have even more entertainment options.”
“Despite a comparison with a very good second quarter last year that benefited from product sales related to the Canadian VLT replacement program and significant jackpot activity, GTECH was able to absorb the loss of those impacts and produce comparable results,” said Marco Sala, CEO of GTECH S.p.A. “That is a significant accomplishment that demonstrates the resiliency and growth potential of our core business.”  “We delivered good results in the second quarter,” said Alberto Fornaro, CFO of GTECH S.p.A. “Cash generation was better than anticipated and we continue feeling very positive about the underlying trend in Net Financial Position (NFP): on a like-for-like basis, the guidance initially provided of €2.47 billion - €2.53 billion is comfortably within reach.”
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this week, by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  are asking the Justice Department  to support their bill that would reinstate a federal ban on online gambling.  “We must act before we find virtual casinos making gambling pervasive in our society, invading living rooms, bedrooms, and dorm rooms across the country; a result we know the DOJ does not want to see,” the letter said.
"Our Ravens ticket and second-chance contest has proven to be extremely popular with players during the past several years," said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. "We're excited to continue our partnership with this world-class organization and offer cash and exclusive prizes to Lottery players and Ravens fans."
Under the heading of "The Competitive Reality" in the annual report, the lottery corporation notes the gaming landscape has changed:  "In recent years, we've seen an explosion in gaming technology and accessibility. Along with it came the introduction of more than 2,500 unregulated online gaming providers from places like Malta and Gibraltar.  Atlantic Canadians are spending millions of dollars annually on these gambling sites that operate outside of any regulations established by our governments. Unlike Atlantic Lottery, those sites' profits don't stay in the region to support our communities."





Thank you to all of the Speakers, Sponsors and attendees for attending Lottery Expo 2014 !!!
September 9 to 11 Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

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Thank you all for participating in Lottery EXPO.  It's been a fabulous three days.  We hope you all enjoyed it and accomplished all of your objectives.  We will be working on our Spring and Fall conference events and will keep you posted as we confirm dates, venues and programs.  Hope to see you there.  In the meantime, I'm sure we'll see you at NASPL Atlantic City in a couple weeks, and then at the World Lottery Summit in Rome in November.  Be sure to come to the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at both of those events.  Gary Grief (Executive Director Texas Lottery and President of NASPL) and David Loeb (CEO Western Canada Lottery Corporation) will be inducted at NASPL event.  Tan Soo Nan (CEO of Singapore Pools) and Jean Jorgensen (Executive Director World Lottery Association) will be inducted at the WLS event in Rome.   Too, the winner of the Sharp Award for Good Causes will be recognized at NASPL.  This award goes to the NASPL lottery with the highest year-over-year percentage increase in net funds generated for its beneficiary.

Congratulations again to the recipients of the Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship (Connie Laverty O'Connor) and the Major Peter O'Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award (Bret Toyne).  It was a lovely ceremony honoring two of this industry's most respected and well-liked leaders.  Their dedication is so appreciated and their contributions to the success of the industry, and to the success of so many of us on a personal level, have had momentous impact. Thank you Connie and Bret for all you do and for all you will be accomplishing in the years to come.  
 
And Thank you to our two keynote speakers, Cindy O'Connel and Gary Grief, for kicking Lottery Expo off in such great style and setting the stage for a series of thought-provoking panel discussions and presentations.  Thank you to all of the presenters, panelists and moderators as well.  And thank you especially to Cindy O'Connel and the incredible Florida Lottery team for being the most gracious and hard-working hosts anyone could hope for.  Everyone loves Florida and you just lock it in by making sure everyone is so pleased and impressed by the wonders of the Flamingo State.  We can't wait to be back next year! 

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